Project and Leader:
South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth
What inspired you to get involved with this project/organization?
When I was a female engineering student, I noticed that there was a lack of women getting into engineering and technology due to the practically nonexistent mentorship opportunities and little awareness about these fields. Motivated to change this reality, I co-founded this organisation nine years ago.
I wanted to create a platform that attracted, developed, mentored and nurtured the next generation of female engineering leaders in Africa.
What do you hope to learn from the WeTech Network?
I think it is crucial as a collective of influencers that we learn best practices, share resources, and collaborate on projects across the globe.
What is your big dream for girls and women in STEM?
My dream is to create an open and accessible society that achieves gender parity and where girls can realize their full potential in whatever field they desire to be part of.
What is the goal of your project?
The goal is to create awareness for girls in engineering careers and to mentor these girls to enable them to apply and study in the engineering field.
Who is the target audience for your project?
Our target is high school girls in grade 10 – 12 who study math and science. They are located across South Africa – the program currently operates in 8 out of the 9 provinces in South Africa. We work with about 2,000 girls across South Africa annually.
WomEng has created a strong intervention pipeline for girls and women in engineering. We have created GirlEng, which attracts high potential math and science students, nurtures and mentors them to enter the study of engineering. Our WomEng Fellowship is a week-long leadership & business incubation program with a technical innovation challenge for the best and brightest female engineering students to find solutions to global challenges and develop and prepare for industry. Finally, @Network has created a platform for both male and female engineers to not only network but also engage in pertinent topics affecting the engineering industry, as well as looking for new opportunities. Passionate volunteers who are developed and groomed for leadership run all divisions. Check out the video on how our program has been running and interviews with our first group of GirlEngers who came to fellowship this year and are about to graduate as engineers. Due to the success of the program, we will be rolling out similar interventions in Kenya this year.